Thank You Finland! The 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration was Amazing

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to put on the 40th Annual St Urho’s Celebration! Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who sold tickets and buttons, and everyone who bought them! Thanks to Miranda Sve for organizing the Scavenger Hunt, thanks to everyone who participated,and thanks to all the businesses that assisted with that. Thanks to the folks who participated in the Float Workshop. Thanks to the folks who hang up the sign over the highway every year. Thanks to all those who donated photos and helped with the 40-year photo display. Thanks to all those who helped with set-up and prep at the Clair Nelson Center. Thanks to the Friday night Helmi Crew for the best year ever! Special thanks to Ron VanBergen and George Beck for their amazing performance and assistance. Thanks to Terri Ramsdell for being our photographer/videographer! Thanks to the Booya Committee and many other volunteers for help on Saturday morning. Thanks to the tug of war teams – West Branch won! Thanks to Cheri Bischoff and all the parade participants for the best parade ever! Thanks to Jeff Berquist and State Farm insurance for their generous donation to help cover the parade costs. Thanks to Nancy, Suzy and all the kitchen helpers for the great lunch at the Clair Nelson Center after the parade, to Amy, Kathy, kids and parents for the kids activities, Thanks to the Trestle Inn for donating the ice cream machine and supplies, thanks to Thrivent Financial for support for the kids games and the lunch supplies, to Cindy Hansen for helping to sell buttons and raffle tickets at the door, thanks to Fish Soup for playing music on such short notice. Thanks to Adam’s Autovalue and others for providing free sober rides! Thanks to all the businesses who donated door prizes for the raffle ticket drawing. Thanks to Carol and Elwood Youngberg for getting all of the door prizes. Thanks to all the helpers at the drawing, and thanks to the West Branch for hosting! Thanks to Marc Smith for helping to put everything away! Thanks to anyone we’ve forgotten!
Top ticket sellers were
Renee Goneau – over 1000
Heather Lehtinen – 700ish
Owen Klinker – 400ish
Melinda Suelflow – 250s
Miranda and Miranda – 300
Gary Nikolai – 200s
Senja Ahlbeck – 200s
Four Seasons, Our Place and West Branch all sold close to 200, with Trestle Inn and Wildhurst not far behind!
Many others helped out as well, and every bit helps!
Thanks ticket sellers! You rock!
Raffle Winners:
1st Prize- $600 – Faron Meeks
2nd prize – $300 – Mona Thums
3rd Prize – $200 – Wayne Madsen
4th – $100 – Dani Brandes
5th – $40 – Ron Van Bergen
6th – $40 – PJ from Wisconsin
7th – $40 – Colin Bischoff
8th – $40 – Carole Bakke
9th – $40 – Senja Ahlbeck
Thanks everyone who bought tickets!
Thanks to AmericInn Silver Bay, Bri-esa’s, Camp 61, Cedar Chest, Divas Design, Don’s Auto, Finland Co-op, Four Seasons, Hy-Fashion, Jimmy’s Pizza, Julie’s Variety, Maple Grove Bait Shop, Beaver Bay Mobil, Norshor Agency, North Shore Barber Shop, North Shore Federal Credit Union, North Shore Oil and Propane, Northwoods Family Grille, Our Place, Quilt Corner, Teddy’s Plumbing and Heating, the Lake Bank, Vicki’s License, Wildhurst and Zups for your generous door prize donations! Your support helps make the raffle ticket drawing a really nice event.
Again, thanks to everyone! We’ll see you next year at the 41st Annual St Urho’s Celebration on March 18, 19 and 20, 2016! Whoohoo!  Kookelikuu! Please feel free to correct my bad Finnish spelling!

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